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Poster: martyveldman Date: May 6, 2010 7:50am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: It's time for formal organization of IA's books

In the Sub-Collections, you can click on them also to see the latest additions and they are somewhat catagorized. The Opensource books have some very interesting items and haven't seen any spam lately. Thanks for the link Stephen. I can't seem to figure out how the advanced search works even with instructions! How about a link called 'IA for Dummies'!

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: May 6, 2010 11:04pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: It's time for formal organization of IA's books

BTY, is not a link "IA for Dummies" a breach of a brand name?

Hey Gerry, please comment.

Peter

(I wonder if my name has been trade marked)

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Poster: stbalbach Date: May 6, 2010 8:06am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: It's time for formal organization of IA's books

I wrote an informal FAQ that may be of some help
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dc2wxqtd_1cs2hzvnh

If you have any Q on searching let me know. The IA system is really pretty complex because the meta data is not uniform. Searching for "John Jacob Astor" is an entirely different strategy to searching for "Sir Winston Churchill". I *could* write a generic search string that took into account all possibilities so one doesn't have to think about it, but the search field has a length limit, making that impossible. So one has to build complex custom searches each time.

I think they are trying to bring some order to it with Open Library. A "For Dummies" guide would be perfect :)

Stephen